Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Nevada. Without an effective treatment or cure, the impact of Alzheimer’s will continue to rise and the numbers in Nevada are escalating.
The most recent data show:

  • 45,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Nevada.
  • 16.3 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 149,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Nevada.
  • 169 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $2.1 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $178 million is the cost of Alzheimer’s to the state Medicaid program.

These numbers show that a public health approach is necessary to lessen the burden and enhance the quality of life for those living with cognitive impairment and their families.

Learn more about Nevada: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

Public health spotlight

In Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District— with the regional chapter of the National Black Nurses Association — educated African Americans about Alzheimer’s, dementia and cognitive health issues.

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State plan overview

The Nevada state legislature passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 10 in 2011, creating the Legislative Committee on Health Care’s Task Force to Develop a State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The Committee included a state Senator as chair and medical experts, advocates and other key stakeholders. After soliciting public feedback, the State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease was published in January 2013. The Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease (TFAD) was created within the Department of Health and Human Services with the passage of Assembly Bill 80 in the 2013 Legislative Session. The Task Force is responsible for implementing the State Plan.

Resources for action

State and local public health agencies around the country are taking action against Alzheimer’s by implementing the Healthy Brain Initiative State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: The 2018-2023 Road Map. Public health practitioners can learn by example and find resources to help guide their response below.  
 
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Implementation

Southern Nevada Health District The Southern Nevada Health District with the regional chapter of the National Black Nurses Association, and potentially other organizations to host a community educational event that raised African Americans’ awareness of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive health issues.

 
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Resources

BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Nevada (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Nevada (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Nevada (2013)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Nevada (2012)

BRFSS + Caregivers

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in Nevada (2016)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Caregiving in Nevada (2016)